The secret place.
“Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak words of blasphemy against Moses and against God.”
A lot can happen in secret. Conversations and persuasions, lies and exaggerations, plots and downfalls. All in secret. Behind closed doors.
Speaking in confidence is often a road marked with secretive attacks.
These secret believers do more harm than any enemy.
Two people meet to discuss the third persons decisions without the third person being present. It is better that way. For the two people are not interested in the truth but in the perceived truth which they can embellish all the more to make the truth more spectacular.
The truth was Stephen has never spoken blasphemy. But people were persuaded to say he had. People can be persuaded to say and do almost anything.
Be careful on entering the secret place, especially if someone is there wanting to talk!